We cannot turn our backs on the many animals who need rescuing right now. Will you join the Christmas rescue is the question being asked by the RSPCA as it heads towards another busy Christmas period

Dermot Murphy, head of the RSPCA’s animal rescue teams, said: “Christmas may be different for many people this year but for the RSPCA, our teams will be working day in, day out, as usual, rescuing, caring and rehabilitating those animals who need us the most.

“Last year, we rescued thousands of animals over the winter months and we fear that due to the pandemic, we could be facing our toughest Christmas yet as we are braced for a rise in abandoned and neglected animals needing our help.”

Throughout December 2019 the charity took 2,587 animals into its care, including 558 dogs, 1,416 cats, 149 rabbits, and 167 wild animals.

The charity is asking its supporters to join their Christmas rescue campaign by donating to help it be in a position to help the thousands of animals which need care.

Donations will be put towards keeping animal rescue teams on the road and feeding the animals in its care.

For more information visit www.rspca.org.uk/xmas and use the Twitter hashtag #JoinTheRescue.